Buchanan County, Iowa

Growing, but not outgrowing our values.

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    Wapsipinicon "Old" Mill

    The Wapsipinicon Mill, a six-story grist mill, was built in 1875-67 by Samuel Sherwood. Some of its foundation stones were taken from that of an earlier mill, the New Haven Mill, built in 1854, that was used for wool processing. The mill that stands today was used at first as a flouring mill and was also a source of electrical energy from 1915 to 1940. Some structural restoration has occurred in recent years, and the mill now functions partly as an historical museum.

    -Photo by Blake Hayward, Independence, Iowa
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    Independence Mental Health Institute

    The Mental Health Institute opened its doors to patients on May 1, 1873. It was built at a cost of $845,000 and took 10 years to complete. The walls of the main building are made up of stone taken from the quarries around Farley and Stone City, Iowa, while the foundation is of prairie granite. The artitecture has a French influence in the mansard roofs, lofty arched windows, decorative slating, bracketed eaves, domes, corner towers, and ornamental roof turrets.

    -Photo by Blake Hayward, Independence, Iowa
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    Independence From The Air

    Nestled in Northeast Iowa, Independence was home to some of the first settlers west of the Mississippi. Known for its Midwestern hospitality and strong-dedicated work ethic, Independence residents have been proud people promoting progress since being founded in 1847.

    -Photo by Blake Hayward, Independence, Iowa
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    MHI Water Tower

    MHI Water Tower

    -Photo by Blake Hayward, Independence, Iowa
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    Fontana Nature Center

    Exhibits in the Nature Center help visitors understand how we can "make our home in a living environment."
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    Wapsipinicon "Old" Mill

    The Wapsipinicon Mill, a six-story grist mill, was built in 1875-67 by Samuel Sherwood. Some of its foundation stones were taken from that of an earlier mill, the New Haven Mill, built in 1854, that was used for wool processing. The mill that stands today was used at first as a flouring mill and was also a source of electrical energy from 1915 to 1940. Some structural restoration has occurred in recent years, and the mill now functions partly as an historical museum.

    -Photo by Aunna Marzen, Independence, Iowa
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    Wapsipinicon River Bridge

    Western side of the Wapsipinicon River Bridge, which carries Iowa Highway 150 over the Wapsipinicon River in Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa. Built in 1926, the concrete spandrel arch bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    -Photo by Bruce A. Harms, Summer 1996
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    Railroad Depot

    Chicago Rock Island Depot and the Illinois Central Depot
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    Courthouse

    Proposals for the first Buchanan County Courthouse were accepted in the spring of 1857.  The courthouse was completed and ready for occupancy in May of 1858.  The construction on the current courthouse began in November 1938.

    -Photo by Tom Grier, Winona, Minnesota

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City Election - November 7, 2017
Posted: 09/08/2017
The City Elections are fast approaching.  If you are interested in running for City Office you can get the Nomination Petitions from the City Clerks, Auditor's Office or click on this link to the Secretary of State website.  Make sure the top portion of the Nomination Petition is completed before gathering signatures.  A minimum of 25 signatures for the City of Independence is needed and a minimum of 10 signatures for All Other Cities; you'll want to get more than the minimum.  Your Nomination Petition & Affidavit of Candidacy will need to be turned into the Buchanan County Auditor's Office, 210 5th Ave NE, Independence, IA no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 21, 2017.
School Elections - September 12, 2017
Posted:  08/14/2017
Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Cindy Gosse has announced that absentee ballots for the School Elections on September 12, 2017, will be available to be voted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  Due to the historical low voter turnout for School Elections the precincts in the East Buchanan and Independence School Districts will be consolidated.  For the Official Results of the School Election click here.


Openings for Cono Township Trustee & Township Clerk
Posted:  08/14/2017
Buchanan County is accepting letters of interest for a Cono Township Trustee and Township Clerk.  If you are interested in serving as either a trustee or clerk you must submit a letter of interest on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper to the County Auditor, Courthouse, 210 5th Ave. NE, PO Box 317, Independence, IA  50644 no later than September 5, 2017.
 STATE LAW REQUIRES GENDER BALANCE FOR TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE.
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